Lenia Ruvalcaba

Lenia Fabiola Ruvalcaba Álvarez (born 23 April 1986) is a visually-impaired judoka from Mexico. Competing in the 70 kg division she won a silver medal at the 2008 Paralympics and a gold at the 2016 Rio Games.[1][2] Ruvalcaba also took part in regular judo competitions and won a team bronze medal at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games. In 2011, she participated both at the Pan American and Parapan American Games.

Lenia Ruvalcaba
Lenia Ruvalcaba Rio2016.jpg
Ruvalcaba at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born23 April 1986 (1986-04-23) (age 35)
Guadalajara, Mexico

By earning gold in Rio she became the first Mexican female to win an Olympic or Paralympic judo tournament.[3]

She won one of the bronze medals in the women's 70 kg event at the 2020 Summer Paralympics held in Tokyo, Japan.[4]


  1. ^ Lenia Fabiola Ruvalcaba Álvarez rio2016.com
  2. ^ Lenia Ruvalcaba judoinside.com
  3. ^ "Lenia Ruvalcaba da otro oro a México". Archived from the original on 2016-09-20. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  4. ^ Pavitt, Michael (29 August 2021). "Maldonado upgrades to gold at Tokyo 2020 as judo competition concludes". InsideTheGames.biz. Retrieved 29 August 2021.